Conversation with complexity guru Prof Ralph Stacey

I have been interested in the connections between SF and complexity science for over fifteen years now – there has always seemed to me to be an important parallel here, the way complex systems self-organise and the way conversations unfold and emerging future.  One of the key writers in this area is Professor Ralph Stacey, who runs the Complexity and Management Centre at University of Hertfordshire Business School (

I was lucky enough to be able to meet Ralph in London this week, and my notes of the conversation are in the Karlstad Group area  of – see it at  I hope to write more about Ralph’s work on Transformational Teleology in the near future – I think we are saying very similar things, and his writing is a great way into a difficult topic.

By the way, the Karlstad Group is an international co-operation of people interested in exploring the connections between SF and other intellectual/philosophical traditions, in order to place SF better in the ‘landscape of ideas’.  Our work can been seen in part at The group is free to look at and free to join, so get over there if you haven’t already!


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